Billionaires soaring into space attract red eyes from UN chief

Space, we have a problem of fairness.

When three billionaires exploded into space this summer, they did more than escape Earth’s surly bonds, they helped spread “a disease of mistrust” plaguing a world too hungry, the world said on Tuesday. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to other world leaders.

In his opening address to the General Assembly, a grim Guterres pointed to the rift between the rich and the poor with “billionaires who travel in space while millions go hungry on Earth”.

In July, billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos soared into space aboard private rockets built by their companies, catching the world’s attention on their short trips that were not put into orbit. The two are banking on the space tourism of their fellow space fans with big wallets.

After returning to Earth, 71-year-old Branson sprayed GH Mumm champagne on his crew and then blew it from the bottle.

Billionaire Jared Isaacman led the first fully private orbital mission that came down on Saturday after three days in orbit. Its flight was on a Dragon capsule and a Space X rocket built by space-obsessed fourth billionaire Elon Musk. Unlike the other two missions, Isaacman’s ride raised over $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including $ 100 million from Isaacman and $ 50 million from Musk.

Guterres grouped billionaire space jumps with the illnesses of desperation, corruption, restriction of personal freedoms and “when parents see a future for their children that seems even darker than today’s struggles. “.

After Branson and Bezos’ space flights and revelations that Bezos, the world’s richest man, paid no federal income taxes in 2007 and 2011, critics called for taxing billionaires, with some wanting tax them outside the 10-digit income level. So far, these proposals, unlike billionaires, have not taken off.

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